‘Pathetic from Abraham there’: Chelsea striker is left sulking as Cesar Azpilicueta stops him from taking a penalty and hands ball to Jorginho to score from the spot in rout over Crystal Palace
- Tammy Abraham was left frustrated after being stopped from taking a penalty
- The Chelsea striker had wanted to step up for the home side’s second spot kick
- Cesar Azpilicueta dragged Abraham away and Jorginho blasted in his second
- Chelsea returned to winning ways with the handsome win over Crystal Palace
With the hosts already leading three-nil after goals from Ben Chilwell, Kurt Zouma and a spot kick from Jorginho, Chelsea were handed a golden opportunity to pile on the misery from 12 yards again in the second half.
Abraham, who has netted two goals this season, was caught on camera pleading to be given shooting duties – but captain Azpilicueta took charge and handed the ball to Jorginho once again.
Chelsea star Tammy Abraham was left furious after being denied the chance to take a penalty
The striker (left) was dragged away by Cesar Azpilicueta before Jorginho netted from the spot
The silky Italian midfielder is Chelsea’s usual spot-kick taker and had netted from the same position just moments before to add gloss to the handsome scoreline. It was a foul on Abraham that resulted in the home side being handed the set piece.
And in his attempts to get in on the act, Abraham wanted the second penalty all for himself. Kai Havertz was felled in the area, sparking a bizarre row between the striker and a couple of his team-mates.
Azpilicueta was forced to physically drag Abraham away from the situation, with the clearly unhappy 23-year-old then walking off with his head bowed.
Jorginho coolly converted once again, firing to Vicente Guaita’s right, to round off the scoring in west London.
Jorginho is Chelsea’s usual spot-kick taker and had converted from 12 yards moments before
Abraham had been fouled by Crystal Palace starlet Tyrick Mitchell for Chelsea’s first penalty
While his team-mates celebrated a superb result, Abraham was unable to even muster a smile after being denied the chance to step up and boost his own confidence.
Abraham was soon widely panned on social media for his sulky antics. One user described him as ‘pathetic’ and warned that similar incidents ‘disrupt team harmony.’
A second wrote: ‘Embarrassing. The designated penalty taker takes the penalties. Simple.’
Another said: ‘Class from Azpilicueta to be fair, as a captain that’s what you want.’
BT Sport pundit Joe Cole praised the quick actions of Azpilicueta and hailed a superb performance from the Champions League hopefuls.
He said: ‘I think it’s great from Azpilicueta there. You don’t want two players fighting over penalties when you are 4-0 up. It’s professionalism isn’t it?
‘Jorginho steps up, dispatches it like he always does. It’s great Tammy and Timo are hungry and want to get on the scoresheet but there is no need to sour a great performance.
‘They all did the right thing. Chelsea scored, won 4-0 and it’s a great day.’
BT Sport pundit Joe Cole, a former Chelsea player, has praised the quick actions of Azpilicueta
Chelsea returned to winning ways at Stamford Bridge after suffering defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and being held to a draw at West Brom in the league last weekend.
Ben Chilwell netted his maiden goal for his new club after pouncing on a mistake from Mamadou Sakho. The left back was able to hammer a left-footed strike beyond Guaita.
Despite splashing the cash on an array of star-studded attackers this summer, it was another defender who netted next for Chelsea. Kurt Zouma rose highest inside the box to meet Chilwell’s delivery and crash home a header.
Ben Chilwell enjoyed debut delight after the flying left back netted his maiden Chelsea goal